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Rikki Brest: If you want something, work for it

Rikki Brest is a proudly South-African multi-talented artist, with an amazing repertoire of skills covering the entertainment industry.

At 5 years old, Rikki started dancing. She focused on Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Funk and hip-hop. Later choreographing for shows as well as performing in many, Rikki qualified as a contemporary dancing teacher in 2004.

In 1998 Rikki started playing drums, took it as a subject at school, and went on to get a distinction in her Matric year for the subject.

After school, Rikki went to study Sound Engineering and Music Performance at COPA (Campus of Performing Arts) majoring in Drums, while also lecturing ‘Stage Craft’. It was here that Rikki co-founded ‘Chix with Stix’. An all-girl percussion trio that performed together for 9 years in the industry. Rikki has played drums for many prestigious bands, and toured the country with some of the top musicians in SA.

As Rikki’s career grew she was cast in a number of music videos and television commercials, and in 2010 Rikki made her first appearance on the big screen as the female lead in the SA made movie ‘Eternity’. She has since appeared on numerous TV shows.

In 2013 Rikki launched her DJ career and has played at many launches, clubs and events alongside some of the industry’s best.

She also officially opened ‘Beat That Drum School’ where she has teachers that teach the drum syllabus that she has created. She has also developed a self-learning syllabus.

In recent years Rikki developed a Marketing Syllabus geared towards the entertainment industry, and is currently lecturing the subject to the 3rd year students at the Academy of Sound Engineering.

Q&A with Rikki

Tell us something about yourself that nobody knows.
Back in my school days, I was so shy and quiet that I don’t think most of my grade even knew I existed. I didn’t have too many friends, and I never was in the popular crowd.

What tips can you share that have helped to shape your career?
I would say that if you want something, work for it, because nobody is going to do you any favours. Find a niche in the industry, and offer something unique. Make people excited about you. Most important is to develop a solid brand for yourself so clients know what they are getting when they hire you. Always be professional at all times. Also, there is never any room for arrogance, just stay humble.

Your career highlight.
There have been many amazing moments in my career that I am extremely grateful for. One of the best moments would be when I co presented the Top Gear Live festival in Durban. Also, being on stage with my band Chix with Stix to a crowd of 10 000 people and hearing them scream for us was pretty incredible. I have to also mention all the amazing opportunities I’ve had to try so many motorsports, while presenting for Petrolheads on Ignition tv. I am very blessed.

Advice you would give to your 18 year old self in one sentence?
I would give myself the biggest lecture! A few things being:
“Save some of your energy for yourself. People will take as long as you give.”
“Burnout is not worth your health.”
“Perfection is not necessary.”
“Failure is ok.”
“Find opportunities for growth in every possible moment.

Best advice you were given when you started out.
My parents always told me anything was possible. They always supported whatever I wanted to try, and always pushed me to go one step further.

With FAME Week Africa being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town?
What’s not to love about Cape Town? It has the best sunsets in the world, the most beautiful lookout points, amazing food, and just a special energy about it that makes your heart smile.

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